Goldmund Mimesis Signature Pre-Amplifier Now Available
Goldmund's new Mimesis Signature pre-amp boasts a reference ESS Sabre32 DAC, Swiss watchmaker quality and is touted as “a testament to our relentless pursuit of sonic perfection”.
The Mimesis Signature from Goldmund features the ESS9028Q2M SABRE32 Reference DAC, a 32-bit stereo digital-to-analogue converter that seamlessly handles PCM audio data up to 384kHz at 32-bit and DSD data up to DSD-22.6MHz format (DSD512).
Furthermore, we are told that this DAC has a dynamic range (DNR) of 129dB and remarkably low THD+N of -120dB while promising to capture every nuance with precision. Feeding this are two S/PDIFs, a Toslink optical and a USB Audio port.
Analogue components are also catered for thanks to three RCA pairs and balanced XLR inputs. Output connections are a pair each of RCA and XLR.
The screwless design of the top panel and upgraded, thicker panel structure (a 12mm profile up from a 6-8mm one) also help curb noise to ensure the utmost accuracy in sound reproduction. Output noise measures an astonishingly low 18µV, promising in unparalleled audio purity. Furthermore, the power supply achieves an impressive power supply rejection of 80dB, further fortifying against any potential noise intrusion.
Goldmund adds that by distinctly separating the analogue and digital power supplies, the audio signal and its components are shielded from any potential noise interference.
Typically Goldmund, there are some exquisite touches, such as the Goldmund moniker adorning the front of the amp, which comes from a supplier whose only other customers are Patek Philippe and Rolex.
The Mimesis Signature pre-amplifier is available from Goldmund for 20,000 Swiss Francs, around $28,000 USD.
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